ArborMaster, in collaboration with host organizer, Jin Kobayashi, founder of Arbor Japan, a company of skilled arborists, will be conducting arborist training in Japan this April. This initiative is designed to bring state-of-the-art arborist training to further the development of arboriculture and tree worker best practice in Japan. The 5-day program consists of hands-on safety, skill and productivity education and training in the disciplines of tree climbing and works positioning, chain saw safety, handling and tree felling. ArborMaster’s hands-on training modules focus not only on the how, but just as importantly, the why behind the methods. Through a systematic, stepped approach, students will be taught by Ken Palmer and Rocco Massaro of ArborMaster, with Kobayashi assisting.
“We first met Jin Kobayashi when visiting the Silky Company in Japan,” said Palmer, president of ArborMaster. “The following year, Jin traveled from Japan to attend our training programs in Connecticut in 2012. Jin has traveled the world, furthering his arborist knowledge and skills. He was an enthusiastic and focused student, and we enjoyed having him participate in our programs. We were excited earlier this year when he invited us do training this April in Japan. He and his coworker Hitomi Mohri have worked tirelessly to promote and fill these programs. We are honored to be a part of this initiative.”
ArborMaster is pleased to have the support of several ArborMaster Alliance Partners in this endeavor, such as Husqvarna/Zenoah, Samson Rope, Buckingham Manufacturing and the Silky Company. Each organization is providing valuable gear and equipment for the training programs, including chain saws, climbing harnesses, climbing lines/ropes, hand saws, personal protective equipment and more.
The five days of training will be followed by a one-day seminar designed for a larger audience to introduce Japanese enthusiasts to the Art & Science of Practical Arboriculture in the United States. This is a great forum to raise awareness of the tree care industry to Japanese tree workers and Japanese people.